Wasmannia auropunctata - Little Fire Ant

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Queen ants are the fertile females in the nest specialized for reproduction.  In some ant species, such as the little fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata, queens are much larger than the sterile workers.

Panamá, Panamá.: Gamboa
09º07.0'N 79º42.1'W 35m. 28.vii.2007
Nest under bark at base of Enterolobium tree.
#AW2917, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MPE 65mm 1-5x macro lens.